For a safer Sepang

Committed to the Safe City Programme, Sepang Municipal Council president Puasa Md Taib plans to continue the efforts he started with Petaling Jaya, in Sepang.

“The Safe City Programme was implemented in Sepang and Petaling Jaya in 2005, but we are going to focus on these efforts again as part of our vision and mission for this and next year, parallel with our ‘Green City’ initiatives.

“We will work together with the police to identify hotspot areas, beginning with Cyberjaya.

“There are three sectors in terms of safety that we will look to improve such as infrastructure, social and economic development,” he said.

The projects will include improving waste disposal, adding street lights, upgrading vehicle access and separating pedestrian walkways.

The council has also set aside RM100,000 this year to build cycling paths, bicycle parking and improve other safety features to encourage cycling as an alternative mode of transport.

In addition, the council is taking into consideration incentives to reduce the use of plastic bags and polystyrene containers at Ramadan bazaars.

“An audit by the Licensing Department for Ramadan bazaars in 2014 showed 16 traders were successful in reducing the use of plastic bags, but that number has dropped to 13 traders this year.

“Among the incentives the council will provide traders are the ability to choose the plot and market area of their liking as well as the provision of utilities for biodegradable containers,” said Puasa.

The council is also looking to enforce health regulations and check on licences at all 11 market sites around Sepang.

Meanwhile, the council’s Treasury Department director Raja Zulhelmi Raja Saleh said implementation of the parking coupon system in Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi had been postponed to September.

“Previously, the only area in Sepang that had council-controlled parking systems was Cyberjaya, which uses the machine system.

“The parking system is not for profit, but the council needs to enhance enforcement as we have found people leaving their cars at parking bays for the whole day with no regard for others.

“We will implement the coupon system in stages in areas under the council’s jurisdiction.

“We will be using the coupon system as the machines are too costly and sensitive, which may cause many issues in the future,” he said.

Although the parking system will be implemented on Sept 1, enforcement will begin on Jan 1, 2016.

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